AIPAC blames Israel for the decision to block, Omar, Tlaib visit

nearvideo Israel blocks entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib

The Israeli government is making a last-minute decision to ban the progressive ‘Squad’ members from entering Israel, before their planned visit on Friday; Trey Yingst reports from Jerusalem.

To move In a surprise, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee blamed the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the addition of two freshman Democratic women in Congress were in the country before a planned visit.

In a tweet, AIPAC declared that while the organization does not agree with the support and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have expressed, for a Palestinian-led boycott movement – or for Tlaib calls for a “one state solution” to the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians – believe that the two legislators enter the country should be allowed to Israel.

“We agree not to do with repetitions. Omar and Tlaib support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS movement, along with Rep. Tlaib calls for a one-state solution,” AIPAC tweeted on Thursday. “We also believe that every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel first-Hand.”

AIPAC is the charitable arm of the American-Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), hosts the annual Israel trips for freshman legislators. Critics have argued, these excursions occupation the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a negative light for the Palestinians.


The unprecedented move marked to bar Tlaib and Omar from a visit to a deep journey through Israel in America’s bitterly polarized politics. It came shortly after President Trump tweeted that the Israeli government would “show weakness”, if it allowed the legislators in the country. It is also a sharp escalation of Israel’s campaign against the international boycott movement.

“You hate Israel and all the Jewish people, and there is nothing that can be done or said to change your mind,” Trump said before the call of the two women in Congress were “a disgrace.”

In a statement, Netanyahu said that Israel was “open to critique and criticism”, except for those that the advocates of a boycott against you.

“Women in Congress gave Tlaib and Omar are one of the leading activists in the promotion of the legislation of the boycott against Israel in the American Congress,” Netanyahu said. He added that their booking showed “that they planned a visit, with the sole aim of strengthening the boycott against the us and Israel to deny the legitimacy.”


The two newly elected Muslim members of Congress outspoken critic of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Tlaib, the family emigrated to the United States from the West Bank. Israel said it any request from Tlaib would check, to visit relatives, on humanitarian grounds.

Israel has tried to combat the BDS movement, the boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israeli companies, universities, and cultural institutions. The country adopted a law that permitted, a prohibition of entry to an activist who “knowingly issues a call for the boycott of Israel.”


To sharpen the decision to ban women in Congress were, could be further divisions among the Democrats on the issue of Israel before the year 2020 the elections. The Republicans have reinforced the views of left-wing Democrats like Tlaib and Omar, the party present themselves deeply divided and at odds with Israel. Democratic leaders have pushed back, reiterated the party’s strong support for Israel, to protect, in part, representatives from conservative districts.


Other American Jewish organizations that have objected to the exception of the two legislators in the country. The American Jewish Congress, said that although Omar and Tlaib planned “propaganda exercise,” he believed that “the cost in the United States can prove by barring the entry of two members of Congress, even higher than the alternative.”


Dan Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, said that he knew “there are no precedents” for Israel, apart from an elected American officials in the country. He called the decision of the government, “enough.”

“There is no reason to prevent that members of Congress, including the critical, come from, and to learn, you any briefing,” Shapiro said. “By refusing you entry, it can only fuel the things it is claimed that the Israel, to be dissatisfied over” when it comes to calls for boycotts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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